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Middle East Roundup: April 18, 2017

UN: Allies knew of Jewish Holocaust years earlier than previously known (JNS.org) Newly released United Nations documents reveal that the Allied powers knew about the Jewish Holocaust carried out by Hitler’s Nazi regime at least two-and-a-half years earlier than previously thought. As early as December 1942, the United States, the United Kingdom and the former […]

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Middle East Roundup: April 17, 2017

Rabbi brutally attacked in Ukraine last fall has died of his injuries (JNS.org) Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, who was badly beaten in a vicious attack and robbery in Ukraine last October, died April 15 from his wounds, Chabad announced Sunday. He will be remembered for his efforts in strengthening Jewish life in France, Israel and […]

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Middle East Roundup: April 10, 2017

Israel slams Marine Le Pen for denying French responsibility in Holocaust roundup (JNS.org) The Israeli government condemned French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for comments absolving France of responsibility for the roundup of thousands of Jews who were deported to the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust. Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National […]

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Middle East Roundup: April 4, 2017

Suspected chemical attack in Syria kills at least 68, including 11 children (JNS.org) A suspected gas attack, carried out by either Syria’s government or Russian jets, killed at least 68 people—including 11 children—in the Syrian province of Idlib Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the gas attack caused dozens of people to […]

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Middle East Roundup: April 3, 2017

With Passover in mind, Jerusalem security bolstered after attacks (JNS.org) Following two Palestinian stabbing attacks in Jerusalem’s Old City within a week, a senior officer from the Israel Police has warned of a possible increase in terror attacks during the upcoming Passover holiday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit Jerusalem during Passover, […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 28, 2017

30 pastors witness lifesaving Israeli volunteer EMS methods in Jerusalem (JNS.org) A special delegation from the U.S. organized by Christians United for Israel (CUFI) traveled to Jerusalem last week and visited the headquarters of United Hatzalah, an Israeli volunteer-based emergency medical services (EMS) organization. According to a statement released by Hatzalah’s international spokesperson, the CUFI […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 20, 2017

  Iran’s supreme leader calls objectifying women a ‘Zionist plot’ (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter Sunday to share his views on gender issues and asserted that the objectification of women in Western society is the product of “a Zionist plot.” In a series of tweets for Iranian […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 14, 2017

Delegation of North-African Arab journalists calls Israel ‘Western and free’ (JNS.org) Following an invitation from Hassan Kaabiya, Israel’s deputy spokesman for Arab media, a group of six North African journalists and bloggers is visiting Israel this week as guests of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. During their trip, the Algerian and Tunisian journalists are meeting with […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 13, 2017

Israel arrests members of Hamas terror cells in Judea and Samaria (JNS.org) Israel’s Shin Bet security agency Sunday announced the arrest of two Palestinian men who had planned to carry out terror attacks on behalf of Hamas in Judea and Samaria. A joint operation between the Shin Bet and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) led to […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 7, 2017

Israeli Knesset passes bill banning BDS supporters from entering country (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Knesset Monday approved a controversial bill to deny visas and residency permits to people who support boycotting Israel. The new law, approved in a 46-28 vote, gives Israel’s interior minister the authority to decide on any exceptions to the rule. […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 6, 2017

Israeli government votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use (JNS.org) The Israeli government voted in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining several other European countries and U.S. states that have adopted similar measures. At Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a team of experts had studied the issue and that “this […]

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Charting the anti-Semitic surge: February 28, 2017

Bipartisan House taskforce on anti-Semitism resumes in wake of recent incidents (JNS.org) The U.S. House of Representatives announced Monday, Feb. 27, its relaunch of a bipartisan taskforce for combating anti-Semitism in response to the recent bomb threats at Jewish community centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. The lawmakers heading the taskforce include U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey […]

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Middle East Roundup: February 28, 2017

Israel carries out evictions in Ofra settlement (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Some 100 Israeli security officers arrived Tuesday in the Samaria community of Ofra to carry out the court-ordered eviction of nine homes that were illegally built on private Palestinian land. The evictions were carried out a week ahead of the March 5 deadline set […]

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Middle East Roundup: February 27, 2017

Report: US considers withdrawing from UN human rights body, citing anti-Israel bias (JNS.org) The U.S. is reportedly considering withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a body that has been accused of harboring deep anti-Israel bias and favoring countries with authoritarian governments. A former State Department official said the UNHRC’s anti-Israel bias is […]

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